OTTAWA, June 5, 2014 /CNW/ - Representatives of Unifor, the union
representing armoured car workers, met with Director General of
Policing Policy Mark Potter, from the office of the Minister of Public
Safety and Emergency Preparedness, this morning over the union's
concerns about safety within the industry.
The union repeated its call for a taskforce which would examine the lack
of regulations within the armoured car industry and make a series of
recommendations for improving safety - for both workers and the public.
In the meeting today, the union focused on training - including the
need for extensive training on the use of firearms and preventative
measures around use of force.
In attendance were national representatives Mike Armstrong, heading up
the armoured car safety campaign; Andre Desjardins, Unifor Local 4266
President representing Brinks workers in Ottawa and Angelo DiCaro,
Unifor research department.
"Higher safety and training standards in the armoured car sector are
vitally important to ensure workers and the public are protected
against violent crime," said Andre Desjardins, armoured car worker and
president of Unifor Local 4266. "We had a very productive meeting with
Mr. Potter today, who was very receptive to our concerns."
Potter's office received a copy of the union's policy research and
recommendations and expressed that the issue warrants further
attention. Unifor will continue to call for a meeting with the
Unifor has engaged in a year-long campaign to push lawmakers to develop
a comprehensive regulatory framework to enhance safety and prevent
crime by establishing minimum standards in employee training, vehicle
specifications, crew compliments and safety equipment requirements.
On May 24, Unifor held a rally at Minister of Public Safety and
Emergency Preparedness Steven Blaney's Levis, QC constituency office,
bussing in armoured car workers from Ottawa, joined by Unifor members
in Quebec. The goal of the rally was to shed light on the danger
workers face on the job and the risk to the public who get caught in
the crossfire. Hundreds of petitions to Blaney have also been signed by
Unifor members within the industry.
Unifor represents 305,000 members across the country, including 2,000
members in the armoured car and secure logistics industry, employed
largely by Brinks and Garda.
For further information:
Please contact Unifor National Representative Mike Armstrong (English) 613-882-4949 or Unifor Local 4266 President Andre Desjardins (bilingual) 613-355-0754. For more information on Unifor's campaign, please visit: